Department of Philosophy

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Shelagh Crooks (Chair)

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (Saint Mary’s), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)

Room: MN526
Office Hours:  T 9-10 & 12:30- 3:30; TR 9-10 & 12:30-1:30
Phone: 902-420-5824


Teaching: Argumentation Theory; Philosophical Foundations of Education; David Hume; Critical Thinking; Ethics of Belief

Publications: “Teaching for Inquiry,” Paideia (2010); “Teaching for Argumentative Thought,” Teaching Philosophy (2009)


Dr. Robert Ansell

Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Glasgow)

Room: MN530
Office Hours: T,W & TR 8.30 - 10.00 am 
Phone: 902-420-5819


Teaching: Human Freedom; Philosophies of Life; Business Ethics

Publications: “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Multinational Corporations in the Third World” (co-author: W.L. Archer), University of New Brunswick Law Journal (1998)

Dr. Todd Calder                          

Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Coordinator
Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (Dalhouse), M.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Western)

Room: MN529
Office Hours: M 11:30-12:30, T 3:00-5:30, W 1:00-2:00, or by appointment
Phone: 902-420-5826


Teaching: Ethics; Evil; Sex and Sexuality



Dr. Scott Edgar (on leave until Aug 31/20)

Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D. (UPenn)

Room: MN523
Office Hours: 
Phone: 902-420-5820


Teaching: Early Modern Philosophy; Kant; Nineteenth-Century Philosophy; Critical Thinking

Publications: “The Limits of Experience and Explanation: F.A. Lange and Ernst Mach on Things in Themselves,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2013); “Kant’s Transcendental Deduction and a Cognitive Interpretation of the first Critique,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2010); “Hermann Cohen,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2010); “Logical Empiricism, Politics, and Professionalism,” Science and Education (2009); “Paul Natorp and the Emergence of Anti-Psychologism in the Nineteenth Century,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (2008)

Dr. Carmel Forde 

Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A. (Hons), M.A., Ph.D (York)

Room: MN525
Office Hours: 
Phone: 902-420-5818


Teaching: The Empiricists; Bioethics; Business Ethics; Ethics and the Law; Environmental Ethics; Political Philosophy; Critical Thinking 

Research: Developmental change; learning; philosophical anthropology; critical psychology; development of consciousness and self-consciousness in ontogeny; philosophy of nature; labour and union issues

Dr. Lisa Gannett 

Degrees: B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. (Western)

Room: MN522
Office Hours: F, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Phone: 902-420-5822

Home Page: Lisa Gannett

Teaching: Scientific Method; Science and Society; Philosophical Issues in Feminism; Environmental Ethics; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Biology; Feminist Philosophy


Dr. Peter Heron

Assistant Professor

Office Hours: T & TR 12:45 - 1:30 pm
Room: MN525
Phone: 902-420-5818

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (McGill), M.A. (Brock), Ph.D (Ottawa)

Teaching:  Theory of Knowledge; Early Greek Philosophy: Pre-Socratics and Plato; 19th c. Existentialism, 20th c. Existentialism; Ethics for Modern Life; Ethics and the Law; Contemporary Political Philosophy; Critical Thinking; Introduction to Philosophy 

Philosophical interests: Existential metaphysics and phenomenology; philosophical aesthetics; deconstruction; history of philosophy (esp. Greek and German thinking)

Publications: “Fictionality of the Absolute: On truth and lie in the metaphysical and aesthetic sense,” Fiction and Art (Bloomsbury, 2016) 

Dr. John E. MacKinnon

Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (McGill), M.A. (Toronto), M.Phil. (Exeter), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Room: MN532
Office Hours: M - TR, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., or by appointment
Phone: 902-420-5821


Teaching: Aesthetics; Aristotle and the Hellenists; Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Art; Kant; Philosophy and Literature; Philosophy and Film; Philosophy of History; Philosophy of Language

Publications: “Narrative Rhyme and the Good Life,” Philosophy and Literature (forthcoming); “Frank Sibley,” in Michael Kelley (ed.) Encyclopedia of Aesthetics [Second Edition] (Oxford University Press; 2014); “The Road to Wellnessville,” Philosophy and Literature (October 2013); “Spells of Trauma in Catherine Bush’s Minus Time,” Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (2010); Review of Douglas Walton’s Abductive Reasoning, Review of Metaphysics (2006); “Risk and Resilience in Catherine Bush’s Minus Time,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2006); “Law and Tenderness in Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader,” Law and Literature (2004); “Crime, Compassion, and The Reader,” Philosophy and Literature (2003); “Aesthetic Supervenience: For and Against,” British Journal of Aesthetics (2001)  

Dr. Mark Mercer 

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Room: MN524
Office Hours: T & Thursday, 8:30 to 9:45 am
Phone: 902-420-5825

Home Page:

Teaching: Epistemology; Ethics; Philosophy of Mind; Plato and the Presocratics

Publications: “Academic Freedom of Thought,” Prospero (2017); “Why Study Philosophy?”, Philosophy for the Curious: Why Study Philosophy (2015); “The New Old Atheism,” Open Letters Monthly: An Arts and Literature Review (2011); “In Defence of Believing Wishfully,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy (2010); “The Significance of Christmas for Liberal Multiculturalism,” Christmas: Philosophy for Everyone (2010); “Folk Psychology’s Epistemic Credentials,” Facta Philosophica (2007) 

Dr. Sheldon Wein (on leave until Dec 31/19)

Degrees: B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Waterloo) 

Room: MN531
Office Hours: 
Phone: 902-420-5797


Teaching: Ethical Issues in International Development; International Justice; Critical Thinking; Philosophy of Law 

Publications: “Inferences Across Normative Domains” Argumentation and Inference, Volume II, pages 963-972 (edited by Steve Oswald) College Publications 2018. “Interpreting Legal and Religious Argumentation: Understanding through Deracination” New Insights into Rhetoric and Argumentation, edited by A. Runjic-Stoilova, G. Varosanec-Skaric, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Split, 2017. 249-26; “Biases, Bumps, Nudges, Query lists, and Zero Tolerance Policies” Proceedings of the 2016 OSSA Conference (edited by Patrick Bondi) Centre for Research on Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric (CRRAR) 2017;"Mark my Words: A Vindication of Legal and Moral Argumentation,” Argumentation and Reasoned Action, Volume 2 (2016); “Exploring the Virtues (and Vices) of Zero Tolerance Arguments” and “Further Reflections on Zero Tolerance Arguments,” Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric (2014); “Intolerance and the Zero Tolerance Fallacy,” What do We Know about the World? Rhetorical & Argumentative Perspectives (2013); “Canadian Research on Justice,” Academic Foresights (2012); “The Business of Sport: Ethical and Constructivist Musings,” Revista Portuguesa de Ciencias do Desporto (2012); “David Hume and the Empiricist Theory of Law,” Hume and Law (2012) 

A photo of Dr. Wayne Grennan.

Dr. Wayne Grennan

Professor Emeritus
Degrees: B.Eng. (NSTC), B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Dalhousie), D.Phil. (Oxford)

Publications: Informal Logic: Issues and Techniques (1997); Argument Evaluation (1984)



Department Secretary

Kathleen Jewell

Phone: 902-420-5823
Fax: 902-491-6286
Room: MN508

Office Hours:

September 1 to May 30 - Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

June 1 to August 31: Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm


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